It has been reported that teen(s), girls especially, who abstain from sex have less peer stress, and more improved emotional and mental health. Teaching teens about birth control is teaching them to be responsible for their decision to have sex. Also, it shows them that birth control not only prevents pregnancy, but STD’s.
The most common form of birth control, other than abstinence, is condoms. There are many forms of birth control to choose from. There is the patch, the pill, the ring, shot, cervical cap, diaphragm, emergency birth control, and the morning after pill, Plan B, implants, IUD and withdrawal. (Gavin, M 2013). Parents and schools need to jump on the band wagon and start giving more education to teens about birth control. Abstinence can be pounded in, lectured about and threatened to a teen, but in the end they will do what they want. Giving teens the options to be responsible will at least play a big part in how they use that responsibility. “To teach teenagers about birth control might seem at odds with promoting abstinence. By doing so, aren’t parents throwing in the towel? Surrendering themselves to the idea that teenagers are going to have sex, and nothing adults say or do is going to change that? No, they’re being practical. Nine in ten adolescents have had intercourse by the time they turn twenty.” (healthychildren.org) The ramifications of unprotected sex are too overwhelming and affect too many lives for parents not to inform boys (especially boys) and girls about methods of birth control other than unceasing abstinence. School sex-education programs cannot be depended on to present this information. (healthychildren.org) It has been shown by research “that the most effective programs are comprehensive ones that include a focus on delaying sexual behavior and provide information on how sexually active young people can protect themselves.” (healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen). For all their seeming worldliness, adolescents can harbor some astonishingly incorrect ideas about sex. These preconceptions then get passed along to their peers. Your job as your child’s primary sex educator is not just to teach him about sex; it’s to “unteach” all the misinformation he’s heard that may get him into trouble. (healthychildren.org)